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New Gmail Feature Allows Anyone On Google+ To Email You & Vice Versa, But Opt Out Is Provided

Google is today making a change to Gmail that will further bake in Google+ to its webmail product in a way that’s actually somewhat practical, though also potentially invasive. Going forward, you’ll now be able to directly email your Google+ contacts from Gmail, even if you don’t know their email …

China's Latest Food Scandal: Fox-Tainted Donkey Meat

Walmart has yanked the compromised meat, a venerated dish in parts of the country.<p>As if a nasty bribery scandal in Mexico was not enough to deal with, Walmart is now embroiled in a fox-meat scandal in China. Over the holidays, I watched <i>Fantastic Mr. Fox</i>, and now just can’t help but imagine Walmart …

Smartphones and Tablets Force Travelzoo to Rethink Its Business

Travel companies, like other e-commerce firms, are having a rough time navigating the transition from desktop to mobile.<p>Just ask deal-publisher …

Alaska Takes Step to Becoming Next State to Legalize Marijuana

Advocates for legalizing marijuana say that Colorado and Washington were just the beginning, and it’s looking like Alaska may be next. On Wednesday, …

Aurora Watchers 'May Be In Luck' As Solar Flare Reaches Earth

<b>Update at 3:05 p.m. ET:</b><p>NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center now reports:<p>"The coronal mass ejection (CME), originally expected to arrive around 0800 UTC (3:00 a.m. EST) today, January 9, was observed at the ACE spacecraft just upstream of Earth at 1932 UTC (2:32 p.m. EST)."<p>The SWPC goes on to say …

The controversial case of GMO apples that won't turn brown

Sliced apples that never cease looking fresh: that's the promise from a Canadian company behind new apples that have been genetically engineered to retain their alluring color even after being cut open. But the apples, currently being evaluated for approval by the US Department of Agriculture, …

'A Very Old and Terrible Lie': Lone Survivor and Morality in a War Zone

“A true war story is never moral,” wrote author Tim O’Brien in his award-winning 1990 story collection <i>The Things They Carried</i>, based on his …

Antarctic penguins forced up 100-foot ice walls, study shows

Warmer temperatures are forcing emperor penguins to make gravity-defying journeys out of their traditional breeding grounds<p>Emperor penguins are having to struggle up 100-foot walls of ice as warmer temperatures force them out of their traditional breeding grounds, a study has shown.<p>The …

The 50 Most Dazzling Pictures From Space

Taking pictures in space ain’t just point and shoot. When a spacecraft is billions of miles from home, it takes an awful lot of data processing and …

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The year ahead: ten amazing science and technology innovations coming up in 2014

From the world's largest underground hotel to Star Wars-style holographic communication, the coming year is set to unveil an array of incredible advances in science and technology<p><b>Beam yourself across the world</b><p>The growth in video communication has been exponential. Skype now boasts 300 million …

How to defeat Big Brother

In 2013, we learned the terrifying scope of modern surveillance. Now it’s time to fight back<p>"Visibility is a trap."<p>It can be safely argued that those four words, written by the French philosopher Michel Foucault in his discussion of the "panopticon," were never more true than they were this year. …

The lie that won’t die: “We don’t know enough about marijuana!”

Drug warriors insist we still don’t know enough about its possible therapeutic properties. It’s simply not true<p>Speaking recently with the <i>Los Angeles Times</i>, UCLA professor and former Washington state "pot czar" Mark Kleiman implied that we as a society are largely ignorant when it comes to the …